While I looooove summer, the only downside is that I don’t have any free time. I’m finding my house is messier and we have less fresh groceries because every task is kid accompanied…
That includes exercise. I kickbox at small studio so there’s no daycare like you might find at a gym. Luckily the kids are comfortable and familiar with the setting so that’s half the battle.
On the days I want to attend a class I start prepping the kids in advance. We’ll discuss plans for the day in a positive way. “Mom is going to go kickbox right before we go to the pool.” This way the focus is on the pool.
Yesterday we had a full day of pool and beach and my husband was working late. While we were still at the beach I asked the kids if they wanted to stay up late, watch me exercise, and have the potential of a great reward. They agreed.
Since the class was in the evening I made sure to give them a filling dinner prior to leaving. And oh my god this was their dinner conversation:
5 year old: “god’s alive forever”
6 year old: “yeah he and santa never die”
other 6 year old: “neither does mrs. claus”
I couldn’t make this stuff up!!!
They each packed up a bag of toys and thing to keep them busy and when we arrived at kickboxing they settled right into their activities.
I got myself a spot in the outer region of class so I could keep ears and eyes on them.
Well they did chastise me a bit about my lack of speed. I did have to share my water 3 times. And, I did have to caution them to keep the volume down while they got into a very competitive game of hide and seek.
But otherwise, they really did a great job getting through the hour.
And the best part, for them, was yet to come. The reward was a visit to Dunkin Donuts which is conveniently located within the same parking lot. And lucky for them, ice cream addicts, this one has a Baskin Robbins within.
As we left the store x3 cones a guy by the door said to me, “Hey Mommy….you’re doing a great job…a great job…” How random and nice. On the way back to the car we passed 2 people who had kickboxed with me who praised the kids on their excellent behavior! It really helps to get good feedback!
How do you make time to excerise?